ON THE RECORD

John,yoko and the mak­ing of Imag­ine.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - By EL­IZA O’HARE

As far as cof­fee ta­ble books go, this new re­lease about John Len­non and Yoko Ono is a deeply de­sir­able one, es­pe­cially for book­ish types who covet the rare and the beau­ti­ful. Cu­rated by Ono, Imag­ine John Yoko ex­plores the mak­ing of the sem­i­nal al­bum Imag­ine, recorded at the cou­ple’s English coun­try es­tate dur­ing the tur­moil of The Bea­tles’ breakup. The pas­sion­ate lovers col­lab­o­rated on the al­bum and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing film (which in­cludes all songs from Imag­ine as well as two from Ono’s al­bum Fly: “Mrs. Len­non” and “Don’t Count the Waves”), and the book in­cludes a col­lec­tion of pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished pho­tographs of the cou­ple shar­ing pri­vate mo­ments at home, as well as scrawled lyrics and notes.to see how this avant-garde duo lived and cre­ated art is pow­er­fully in­spir­ing, and Ono’s col­lec­tion of chic out­fits re­veals her to be an un­der­rated style icon.

There are mul­ti­ple edi­tions of this book, rang­ing from $65 to $370 for the Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion (one of 2000 copies), to $750 for the Signed Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion (one of 300 copies), which is au­to­graphed by Ono and comes with an ex­clu­sive gi­clée print of the Imag­ine al­bum cover art­work.

Imag­ine John Yoko, by John Len­non and Yoko Ono, with Con­tri­bu­tions from the Peo­ple Who Were There (Thames & Hud­son).

Len­non and Ono film­ing Imag­ine at one of five plinths of Ge­orge Adamy’s plex­i­glass art­work Month of June, 1970, at 77 Wa­ter Street, on the cor­ner of Front St and Old Slip, New York, on Septem­ber 4, 1971. Pho­tographed by Iain Macmil­lan.

Len­non and Ono film­ing Imag­ine, with Steve Bren­dell, at the North­ern Ire­land peace march/oz protest march at Mar­ble Arch in Lon­don on Au­gust 11, 1971. Cam­era­men: Know­land, Met­calfe, Stan­ley and Fries.

Stills and out­takes from the film Imag­ine. Len­non and Ono, who also di­rected the film, kiss at 79th Street Boat Basin, New York, on Septem­ber 4, 1971. Cam­era­men: Nic Know­land, John Met­calfe, Richard Stan­ley (UK) and Bob Fries (USA).

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